If you follow along on Instastories you would know that we have been renovating the apartment that is attached to our home. Some call it a mother-in-law suite, but if you haven’t heard that term before, it’s essentially an apartment that could operate as a space for a tenant if we wanted to have one. It has a full kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, laundry and living area, plus an exterior door. When we purchased the home, we knew we weren’t going to have a tenant, and we didn’t see any of our parents moving in to our home in the near future, so we talked about opening up the space into a larger area.
The house was built about 20 years ago, before “open floor plans” became a thing. There are a lot of rooms, they are just all small and closed off. We love hosting and found ourselves wishing we had a comfortable family area for both hosting hang outs, and to use just as a family.
At this point, we are almost completely finished with the space. We knocked a wall down, ripped out horrifically terrible carpet, and put in hardwoods throughout the space. The kitchen is remaining (for now) though I have other grand ideas for the space!
So, if you remember, Modsy blew my mind earlier this summer in helping my redecorate my office. I’m still finishing setting up this space, but it was so helpful to have Modsy create layouts for me since I’m not good with thinking about these kinds of things.
They were kind enough to reach out, after that post, and offer a styling session for any other room in the house, and as it turned out we were already planning on the apartment remodel so the timing was perfect.
I just had the Skype call with a designer from Modsy last week, and I wanted to share the renders with you today! This was before I had mentioned that the carpet was going to be taken out, but everything else is exactly how it looks in real life! It’s really amazing to see it, and visualize what the space can look like!
How amazing is that huge art hung above the couch?! I loved that as soon as I saw it!
I love that there is storage for kid stuff, but it still feels light and airy. I hate filling rooms up with to much furniture, so this felt complete but not stuffy.
In the skype session I talked to the designer about removing the carpet and mentioned that we aren’t planning on having a piece of furniture under the TV at this time (the white media cabinet across from the couch). So we talked through some changes and I got to watch as she laid things out differently on the screen. I wanted to see an option of adding in work stations for the kids, like a homework center, but I will admit I’m a little hesitant to do the desk idea. I like a round table in the middle of the space, and really loved seeing a larger chest of drawers against the long wall perpendicular to the TV wall.
Here she added 2 smaller chairs for extra seating, and took away the media cabinet. This view would be as if you are standing exactly where the TV would be.
This is an overhead view, to explain the space fully.
I liked the kid table she placed by the window! That works for puzzles and drawing, but can also be a place where kids can sit and eat.
To help me visualize, she took out the chest of drawers and added in a few desks for a homework area like I mentioned earlier. Here are a few different views of that option.
So, I know which option I like better, but I would LOVE to hear your input on which layout you like best! Do you like the round white table in the center, or the rectangular wooden one?! This is the fun part of redecorating – the actual acquiring of the furniture will be a WHOLE different ballgame.
At this moment, we are going to try to use a couch that we have and possibly a chair that we already have as well. I think we may need to look for 2 smaller chairs, like the design shows, since the exterior door is still functioning. And I already have a white table that I could move into the space, but I do really like the rectangular wooden one as well!
Let the sleepless nights BEGIN! I can’t wait to get this space finished and ready for hosting.
(Huge thanks to Modsy for gifting me a styling session for this space in exchange for this blog post! I could not be more impressed with the entire process!)